Banking & Financial Services

Digital Disruption in Retail Banking

The retail banking industry today is undergoing change at levels not seen heretofore. There are two primary drivers of this change: demographics and technology. There are 83 million millennials, people born after 1980, who came of age around the millennium. This makes millennials the largest demographic today at about 5 million more than the baby 

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Banking operations: Planning for Liquidity Risk

The 2007/08 global financial crisis has reaffirmed the importance of liquidity risk. In the world of efficient financial markets with perfect information, banks could only fail if their underlying fundamentals are not good. In such markets, banks can always finance their liquidity demands by borrowing from wholesale markets. But, in the real world financial markets 

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Bring Your Own Wallet

Today, the ‘mobile wallet’ is an overused buzzword discussed and debated by a variety of industries. Payment companies, financial institutions and merchants of all sizes are all vying for consumer attention. Technology companies, mobile network operators (MNOs), start-ups and even marketing companies are joining forces to innovate in this space. Though many are talking about 

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3 ways credit card providers can use BPM to enrich their service offerings and achieve business transformation

Business process management (BPM) in credit card services has covered credit card issuance, card servicing and bills management, but in 2014-2015 the focus is going to be more on better customer service, best in class case management systems and dispute management. With increasing security breaches and data thefts taking place in 2013, there are three 

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Impact of spreadsheets and manual processes on enterprise risk

Financial services firms are stuck in a tangled web of data and legacy systems. This model will not sustain today’s business environment, which is largely defined by new regulations and the changes firms need to make to comply. The industry is also challenged with low trading volumes, shortened settlement cycles, and traders looking to new 

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Impact of new regulations on European financial institutions: Crystal ball gazing for opportunities

The European financial crisis displayed numerous limitations in supervising the regulations of the financial sector, causing a severe disruption of the system. To reduce the intensity of the impact on the economy and to avoid a similar outbreak in future, the Group of Twenty (G20) helped establish the foundation of a new global financial regulatory 

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Mobile Banking Trends in 2014

2013 was a big year for mobile banking driving by trends such as increased smart phone adoption and the popularity of mobile check deposit. Looking into 2014, we see several areas that will drive mobile banking adoption even higher: Bob GrahamSenior Vice President – Head of Banking & Financial Services, Virtusa. Bob Graham brings over 

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Looking back at 2013: 4 trends driving mobile banking adoption

Year 2013 was in some ways a year that created the foundation for rapid mobile banking growth in the coming years. An Accenture study found that adoption increased in the US by 50%. This growth shows no sign of slowing, as Forrester Research predicts that U.S. mobile banking users will double in the next five 

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The outlook for financial services in 2014 – How can organizations achieve transformational change in a limited budgetary reality?

As economists have recently revised global economic growth prospects downward, the expectation for 2014 is that interest rates will remain low. If global economies are slated to grow sluggishly, logically, the prospects for IT spending in the banking and financial services sector would also remain slow. This uncertain outlook is supported in the US by 

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Migrating to EMV standard: A boon in disguise

History has shown that financial industry is fraught with stories of fraudulent transactions that have resulted in billions of dollars of losses. According to the Nilson’s November 2011 Report, in 2010 the U.S. credit card and debit card losses totaled roughly $3.56 billion – 47% of the worldwide payment card fraud losses globally that year. 

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Re-inventing banking: Geospatial adoption drives “New World” business models

The pride and joy of every business is a loyal customer; one who believes in you, and trusts that he/she will get the best possible value every time he/she uses your services. “Trust” is a very strong and intangible emotion, which eventually translates into long term “Loyalty”; therefore every business has a responsibility to proactively 

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Virtusa acquires OSB Consulting: Delivering greater value to insurance and financial services clients

Virtusa extends its current strength in finance transformation (FT) with the acquisition of OSB Consulting LLC, which closed on November 1, 2013. OSB is a New Jersey-based consulting firm specializing in the financial services and insurance domains, including SAP finance capabilities. OSB is focused on helping clients automate their finance & accounting (F&A) processes, reporting 

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Operational risk is a Data issue

The Basel II framework  defined “Operational Risk” as “the risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events.” It introduced a capital charge related to this risk. The specific definition of what constitutes that risk differs from institution to institution but is based on potential losses stemming 

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Regulatory compliance and risk management – Role of BPM in driving efficiencies and flexibility for financial services firms

I’m excited about participating as a panelist at the FSOkx BPM Innovation Forum on September 17th.There is so much change currently happening in the financial services industry and BPM is perfect to help meet the tremendous challenges ahead. In my 20+ years in the financial services industry, I have not seen so much change and 

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Client On-boarding: Leveraging BPM to Achieve Business Transformation

Successful organizations are not known for being complacent. They strive to improve themselves continuously. But that raises an issue; how does an organization identify weaknesses in their compliance, delivery and customer focus? In Frank Palermo’s recent blog Making Sense of Your Big Data with BPM: Turning Insights into Action, he discusses the convergence of Master 

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How Master Data Management can help Capital Market Organizations Onboard Clients, comply with Dodd-Frank and enable Business Transformation

It is important to keep in mind that most problems have more than one right answer; the challenge is to determine the best answer. The challenges raised by the Dodd-Frank Act provide the opportunity to determine which of the many potential solutions would be the best answer for your organization. Many of the banks that 

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Client Onboarding for Financial Institutions: Transforming Your Business and Compliance Process

Recently, I had the pleasure to be present during a webinar with Tony Young, Director of Financial Services Solution and Brad Foohey, Solutions Consultant, from Pegasystems. The webinar “Derivatives Client Onboarding Solution – Transforming Your Business and Compliance Process” was attended by numerous bank on-boarding and compliance leaders from various financial institutions. The hour-long session 

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Dodd-Frank’s Third Anniversary: The IT Journey To Date

As we approach the third anniversary of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July, it is worthwhile to take a look at its impact on banks and their respective IT departments so far. The implementation of the rules has been fraught with delays and confusion. The regulators who were entrusted 

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Dodd Frank Compliance – Leveraging Business Intelligence for Business Transformation

The Dodd-Frank act has stirred emotions as well as opinions from those both inside and outside of the financial services space. While there are still ongoing debates on the merits of the legislation, there is perhaps more consensus on the fact that the rules have been implemented in a less than optimal manner. However, at 

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